With over 2,000 dead, and a political funeral beckoning for Hamas should it return to a besieged Gaza Strip, the Israelis and Egyptians may have underestimated Hamas' determination to fight it out to achieve what it needs: an end to the siege.
After weeks of fighting, an Islamist and jihadist alliance led by Ansar al-Sharia--a group with ties to Islamic State (formerly ISIS)--has taken control of Benghazi and declared an "Islamic Emirate."
Clearly, Ferguson is not Gaza, or Bahrain, or Egypt. As many activists in those countries would note, the situations are simply not in the same category in terms of scale, severity, or political context. But no one should be satisfied merely with the fact that there is less tear gas and deadly police violence in the United States than in authoritarian countries.
American vision of reforming and democratizing the Middle East lies in tatters. The ousting of Iraq's Saddam Hussein have unleashed a bloody sectarian and ethnic wars in Iraq and in neighboring Syria and Lebanon.
The president, the military and the security apparatus -- as well the masses who back them -- need to realize (if they haven't already) that slaughtering hundreds of their opponents and detaining thousands more cannot leave the country safer or place it on a track for development.
Not surprisingly, the record of the first humans identified by a personal name goes back to before the dawn of history itself. Through his artistic "Love Symbol", the The Artist Formerly Known as Prince gave us a clue how pre-writing names were probably rendered!
For the Middle East, ISIS represents a past that it desperately wants to leave behind.
Human rights defenders aren't always easy company. It's their job to be stubborn and sure of themselves, so they're often intense, sometimes abrasive. Yara Sallam is an exception. She's funny, engaging, and easygoing. And she's in jail in Cairo.
ISTANBUL -- Aug. 14, 2013, is a big day in history, a bloody day. It was the largest mass killing in Egypt in recent memory and one of the biggest...
In my youth, when trouble occurred, the Lone Ranger would ride into town and punish the bad guys. Today, when facing calamity, John Kerry rides into town and asks the bad guys to compromise.
The U.S. government refuses to even obey its own laws, which would entail cutting the $1.3 billion to the Egyptian military. Too much is at stake for powerful interests.
The Iraq war handed over a Sunni-run country, Iraq, to the Shias, who are in a majority there. It also forged a close bond between Shiite Iran and Iraq.
On the face of it, the gap between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating position would seem hard to bridge. Lifting the Gaza blockade would hand Hamas a political victory. Demilitarization would constitute a political defeat.
This situation is unlike previous rounds of fighting between Israel and Hamas for the very reason that Israel has found a partner so zealous in Egypt that it can afford to ignore signals from Washington urging restraint.
The world is aflame. Religious minorities are among those who suffer most from increasing conflict. Pakistan is one of the worst homes for non-Muslims. The U.S. government should designate that nation as a "Country of Particular Concern" for failing to protect religious liberty, the most basic right of conscience.
This conflict has, perhaps in ways that are not immediately evident, changed the strategic environment for both Israel and the Palestinians. The questions of whether they are aware of this and how they will adapt will be central for the futures of both people.